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Nagarjun hike

Nagarjun hike

Sight Seeing Tour
Langtang himalayan views from Nagarjun top
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Ganesh himal view from Nagarjun
himal ghale on the top of nagarjun hill

Trip Facts

Duration : 1 Days Max-Altitude : 2095 Program Type : day hike Best Season : April- May, Jun, and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec Per Day Walking : 5 Trek Grade : Grade 2:

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.


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100 $ 80
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $100
2 Paxes $80
2-4 Paxes $75
4-6 Paxes $60
6-10 Paxes $55
10-15 Paxes $50
15+Paxes $50

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Day Hike Near Kathmandu City – Nagarjun Hike

The Nagarjun hike is situated in Nagarjuna National Park, northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. This popular trail provides stunning views of Kathmandu Valley and its mountains, along with diverse plant and animal species thriving in the park.

Hiking Experience

The hike is relatively short, typically taking 3-4 hours to complete, making it suitable for hikers of all fitness levels. The trail is well-marked, featuring several rest stops where hikers can pause to admire the scenic vistas.

Attractions in Nagarjuna National Park

In addition to the hiking trail, Nagarjuna National Park offers other attractions, including Nagarjun Palace, a historical site that once served as a royal palace. Situated near Shivapuri National Park, the area also provides additional trekking opportunities. The Nagarjun hike stands out among Kathmandu Valley’s various hiking destinations due to its popularity and accessibility. It’s just a short drive from Thamel to Phulbari Gate, followed by an ascent to the summit. For travelers seeking a quick nature escape near Kathmandu, the Nagarjun hike stands out. On clear days, it offers panoramic views of Kathmandu city and the majestic Langtang Himalayan range, including Annapurna ranges.

History and Culture

They renamed Jamacho Hill to Nagarjun Hill after Sadhu Nagarjuna, an Indian Baba who meditated there for five years. Nagarjuna, a revered Indian Buddhist philosopher of the 2nd century CE, propagated the doctrine of emptiness (shunyata) and founded the Madhyamika (“Middle Way”) school of Mahayana Buddhism. Nagarjun Hill remains an excellent spot for meditation, offering a serene environment amidst Kathmandu’s bustle. The hike is immensely popular among Nepalese hikers, student groups, families, and college students, with Buddhist pilgrims visiting on full moon days for worship.

Driving journey to Phulbari Gate

The journey from Thamel to Phulbari Gate takes just 15 minutes by car. From there, it’s a 3-hour ascent to Nagarjun Hill, which reaches an elevation of 2128 meters. The trail winds through dense forests with oak, bamboo, rhododendron, pine, and diverse flora. You might see wild boars and colorful prayer flags along the path, creating a picturesque setting in Shivapuri National Park. The area teems with wildlife like wild boar, deer, tigers, monkeys, and various bird species, enhancing the hiking experience with natural biodiversity glimpses.

Starting the hike from Phulbari Gate

The hike typically begins at 7 am, starting with a 15-minute drive from your hotel to Phulbari Gate. National park permits are mandatory here. The initial ascent involves steep trails marked with stairs, leading to an open ground about 30 minutes into the hike, where the summit of Jamacho becomes visible. The trail then eases, offering a more gradual climb amidst the cooling forest ambiance. This hike is much more fruitful for trekkers with busy schedules to trek to short treks near Kathmandu or Pokhara like the Poonhill trek.


Is there a restaurant or teahouse at Nagarjun Hike?

There are no restaurants at Nagarjun Hike due to restrictions on settlement within the National Park. However, there is a tea shop available. Packed lunches are provided by your guide and helpers

How far is the drive and how long is the Nagarjun hike?

The drive from Thamel to Phulbari Gate covers approximately 4.30 kilometers and takes about 15 minutes. The ascent to the top of Nagarjun Hill requires around 3 hours, with a 2-hour descent back to Phulbari Gate, making the total hiking duration approximately 5 hours.

What is included in the price?

The day hike tour package includes transportation, a knowledgeable guide, porters for bags, federal entrance permits to Nagarjun, a packed lunch, mineral water for drinking, and refreshments like mango juice. After the Kathmandu sightseeing, this hike poses an incredible journey for refreshment from a busy city for a day.

Note optional hike close to Kathmandu (Shivapuri National Park) (Nagarkot Sunrise view) (Champa Devi Hike

Detail Itinerary

  1. Start Early:
    • Begin your day early to make the most of the cool morning weather and have ample time for the hike.
  2. Travel to Nagarjun:
    • Head to the trailhead, which is approximately 12 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the starting point.
  3. Arrival at Trailhead:
    • Arrive at the trailhead, and make sure you have all the essentials, including water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable hiking shoes.


  1. Start the Hike:
    • Begin your hike towards Nagarjun. The trail is well-marked, and you'll be surrounded by lush greenery.
  2. Scenic Views:
    • Enjoy the scenic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills as you ascend. Nagarjun offers breathtaking panoramic views.
  3. Explore Nature:
    • Take some time to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna along the trail. Nagarjun is part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, and you might encounter various bird species and other wildlife.


  1. Lunch Break:
    • Carry a packed lunch or snacks to enjoy at a scenic spot along the trail. There might be designated resting areas where you can relax and refuel.


  1. Reach the Summit:
    • Continue your hike towards the summit of Nagarjun. The summit offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range on clear days.
  2. Explore the Area:
    • Once at the top, take some time to explore the area, enjoy the serenity, and take photos to capture the breathtaking landscapes.

Late Afternoon:

  1. Descent:
    • Start your descent back to the trailhead. Be mindful of the time, as you wouldn't want to hike down in the dark.


  1. Return to Kathmandu:
    • Arrive back at the trailhead and arrange transportation back to Kathmandu. Reflect on your day and the beautiful views you experienced.

Cost Included

  • Transportation
  • guide
  • entrance permit
  • pack lunch

Cost Excluded

tip for guide


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